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Why would a patient be on blood thinner for high heart rate?

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Christopher Breen
General Practice
7 doctors agree

In brief: Not for heart rate

Blood thinners don't really affect heart rate.
Drugs like Coumadin (warfarin) (a powerful blood thinner) would be given to someone with a high risk of blood clots. Certain heart rhythm problems are significant risk factors for getting blood clots. Aspirin is also a blood thinner and is used to prevent heart attacks. The blood thinners are probably being given for one of these reasons.

In brief: Not for heart rate

Blood thinners don't really affect heart rate.
Drugs like Coumadin (warfarin) (a powerful blood thinner) would be given to someone with a high risk of blood clots. Certain heart rhythm problems are significant risk factors for getting blood clots. Aspirin is also a blood thinner and is used to prevent heart attacks. The blood thinners are probably being given for one of these reasons.
Christopher Breen
Christopher Breen
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Dr. Liviu Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Stroke prevention

The fast heart rate is probably a consequence of irregular heart beats coming from the top chambers (atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter).
These conditions can lead to formation of blood clots inside the heart that can lead to strokes. As such, blood thinners are used to prevent it.

In brief: Stroke prevention

The fast heart rate is probably a consequence of irregular heart beats coming from the top chambers (atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter).
These conditions can lead to formation of blood clots inside the heart that can lead to strokes. As such, blood thinners are used to prevent it.
Dr. Liviu Klein
Dr. Liviu Klein
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